[Interview] Dancing Off Thanksgiving Dinner With Carlo Lio
For most people living in the states, the day after Thanksgiving means a full belly and a sense of guilt from the overeating which caused it. Luckily, for us who live in Atlanta, we have many opportunities to dance that turkey and dressing off. There is a burgeoning culture of dance music and venues popping up left and right to welcome the many internationally renowned DJs which help to grow that culture. One such great act is the very cool Canadian, Carlo Lio.
First up, The DJ Bri fired up the decks playing genres ranging from acid techno to more ethereal sounding upbeat grooves, eventually making her way to a more driving techno sound which transitioned flawlessly into Carlo’s set. Carlo Lio agreed to chat with us before he went on, here’s what he had to say.
How have you been and what have you been up to recently?
I’ve been well! Up until recently, a lot of touring. I’m currently moving into a new house, so the studio is all in boxes, which means I haven’t made music in a little bit. Mostly touring and grindin’ up.
How did you celebrate Thanksgiving and did you have any special events?
In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. A DJ perk, we get two a year. I flew into D.C. yesterday to play a show with Ryan, who is my manager, and Dubfire and his family, which I have done for the last two years. It was awesome.
What is your favorite city or place to play in and why?
What’s my favorite city is always a hard question to answer because there are so many amazing ones. If I had to narrow it down to a few, I’m really in love with Spain. It’s the reason why I choose to live there in the summers. You have Ibiza, and Barcelona too, which is an amazing place, so I’d have to say that.
What are some of your key influences, and what inspires you about them?
As far as influences go, I’m an easily influenced person. I find influence anywhere from the place I’m in, to the people I meet. Obviously, other people’s music inspires me. Something that really inspires me is when I’m shopping for music and I find a producer who I have no idea who it is and get the feeling like I wish I had made that track. That always gets me going a little bit extra.
How are things on the business side different from the other end?
With this job, people only see the front side of things, the clubs, all the perks that come with this job, but there is a whole other business side to it where, just like any important job admin stuff that goes with it from running a label, to running your own life. You are your own boss basically. That whole side is just as important as the other.
What has your experience been like in Atlanta?
The last few times I’ve played in Atlanta the shows always were very good. I know the scene is still small, but the people that I’ve played for have always been up for it. You can tell they are very passionate about the music. I always look forward to coming back here.
What’s coming up next for you?
I’m excited for December and New Year’s. I have an amazing tour scheduled from the UK to Europe. Release wise I have another EP set to release on Dubfire’s Sci Tec (label) which I’m very excited about. It’s a collab with DJ Pierre, whose club (Wildpitch) we’re at right now. Those are some upcoming things I’m excited for.